Meteorology practice test

Pass mark 75% from twenty randomly chosen questions.


#1. In the UK, away from exposed coasts, airmass thunderstorms are most likely to occur in:

#2. What is the wind that flows down the side of mountain slopes at night called?

#3. A tropical maritime airstream will produce:

#4. What is an area of high pressure called?

#5. There is a natural tendency for air to flow to areas of ________ pressure from areas of ________ pressure. (Fill in the missing spaces correctly.)

#6. Fog that forms from the interaction of two airmasses is called:

#7. In the northern hemisphere, if you stand with your back to the wind, where would you expect the low pressure region to be?

#8. For saturated air, the lapse rate is _______________ ; this is called the Saturated Adiabatic Lapse Rate (SALR)

#9. When referring to alto-cumulous cloud, what does the prefix “alto” mean?

#10. The atmosphere:

#11. For smog to form:

#12. What is the wind that forms from the result of air warming on the side of a valley called?

#13. If flying on a hazy afternoon in Britain, in which direction will visibility be greatest?

#14. In the northern hemisphere, an aircraft flying from an area of high to low pressure will experience:

Due to the anti-clockwise motion of the airmass, and going towards the low pressure area, the wind will be from the left (port) causing a right (starboard) drift.

#15. The Internationl Standard Atmosphere (ISA) is a standard against which to compare the actual atmosphere at any point and time. Taking values at sea level, which of the following values is correct?

#16. A METAR is a weather:

#17. Carburettor ice is formed

#18. If ice forms over the static vent of an aircraft and blocks it during the climb, the altimeter will read:

#19. The decode for hail in a METAR is:

#20. Water has a ________ Specific Heat Capacity than land. (Fill in the missing space correctly.)